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Discipline Trail Running
Start Date/Time October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am
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(5k Trail Race)
So much good and a little bad with this event. I walked away with a smile. It was tough racing and the runners in it were gritty and both gave and appreciated a solid effort.
-as mentioned, indoor washrooms closed and only 2 outdoor "washrooms"
-parking on a wet mud-slicked front lawn a fair ways away from the event (what happened to first-come first-served)
-picking up your race kit the day before but still having to go to the registration table for your chip (waste of fuel/time since you can just pick it all up on race day)
-awesome, tough, imperfect, hilly course
-first day of the year it snowed
-warm open building (sans washrooms) right next to the start line
-lots of volunteers
-course was well marked but got messy the longer the race went
-comradery amongst the runners
-cool glow in the dark long sleeve tech shirt
This race should be four or five bananas but the washroom debacle sadly sinks it to three. We're talking about early morning, cold, long drive out into the country conditions. People are going to have to go!
The day did not start well. At the entrance, there was a man in a van who asked me what distance I was running. I said 5k. He said I would have to park on the hill at the gate and walk in. Only longer distance runners were allowed close parking. I picked up my race 'kit' to see that it was just a shirt. Nothing else. The washrooms were closed. There were two porta potties, outside. For all of the runners! It was raining/snowing so we had to stand in line in the cold. Part of the run was not well marked. I asked a volunteer for directions, and he said "the next pink flag- look for it. There were no pink flags in sight, I rounded the corner of a building, scanning for a flag, and finally saw one far off to the side. With foggy, wet glasses, this was a poor course marker to find. The volunteer should just have said to run around the building. The course was pretty, with challenging hills. The food after was a sausage on a bun. The metal- although very nice, was from 2012- with last year's date stamped on it. Door prizes were advertized- but they did not happen. Age groups consisted of under 15, 16 to 30, and over 30. What about another category? Since the washrooms were locked, there was no where to change out of wet, dirty clothing. I ended up changing in my car (glad the windows fogged up!). Since I was forced to park on a wet, snowy hill, I got stuck trying to leave. I understand this is a small race, but if the runners are not comfortable, they will not return. Bleh.
The race itself (even though it rained the entire run) and service offerings afterwards were fine. I especially liked the quality of the medallions and technical shirts.
My only complaint is that the start line was not well defined and when asked, one of the volunteers at the start line wasn't sure if the race had started or not, I was 2 minutes late off the start line as a result.
this was my first time running this event it is a chalenging course but very pretty the only thing i wasent sure that if i have to stop when the 3h is up and since i was close to the finish i ran to the finish. yes there are some hills but part of the course is slitly downhill wich allows you to recover.hopfully next time it is not raininng.thanks to all the volunteers well orgenise nice shirt good chilly grate event i will rememmber this one.
This is my second year running this race. I ran the 5 km last year with my son. This year I brought 11 members of my 10 km running clinic to run the race as part of the culminating activity. It was a very wet and muddy day, unfortunately, as it was a bit of a deterrent for novice trail runners. However, all but 1 of my runners completed the race and many of them won their first prizes ever. That was a definite plus. The most significant criticism I had of this race was that the bathrooms were locked, and there was only 1 outdoor port-a-a-potty for the entire race. That meant a lot of time wasted out in the pouring rain before the race, a colder wetter start for many, and one of my runners had to start late because he only got into the port-a-potty just before gun-time. We were all at the race a good half hour ahead which should have been enough time if there were sufficient amenities. This is something I would definitely change as it also meant there was nowhere for wet runners to change after the race. For this reason, several of my runners have indicated they would not return to race this race again - a shame, as it is otherwise a nice little race.
Awesome race course. I loved the challenge of mud and hill. The cause is the first reason that motivated my entering but then once I got there I really enjoyed the run. The volunteers and organizers were also extremely friendly and helpful. Of course the food was a great treat afterwards.
See you next year....super shirt and socks.
I have been racing Triathlons, Marathons, Duathlons, and events of just about every distance for ~12 years. I have raced small events to large events. My feeling is that all event types have good things about them that can be experienced and add to your running history. I have only run this once in 2012 and here are my thoughts about the race:
This event has a few things that I thought were unique:
1.) The course is brutal. This course has hills on top of hills on top of hills. The hills are not that crazy individually, but they just keep coming. Half of the hills are on a dirt, washboard road which adds a challenge. This is the type of course that you never forget and will probably come up in conversation in years to come.
2.) Small event atmosphere. There is something nice about running a race where very few spectators show up. When you are running this race it is as pure as a running race can be. Roads, a few well placed water stations and your competition.
3.) Start time is perfect... I ran the 15K so the start time is 10:00... you can't go wrong getting up at 7:00 and having no problem racing.. I could only see this as an issue if it was unseasonably warm.
If you like to run races with lots of participants, spectators, parties, etc then this race may not be for you.
If you want to run a race to remember and have a finishers medal that not many other people have, then I would recommend you give this one a shot.
This was my first timed race (as opposed to a static distance race) and I had a blast, despite the rain and the MUD. The volunteers were plentiful and helpful, and all the staff are to be commended for a job well done despite the challenges mother nature presented them with.
The registration gifts, post-race food, prizes and facility were all top notch. I thought the course held up quite well even though it was so saturated. I really enjoyed the variety of the terrain on the loop.
The only confusion for me on the day was that I may have missed some instructions (I didn't know I could keep running right up to 3 hours and leave my bib on the ground) but this could also be due to my lack of experience with the format. Perhaps a short blurb on the website would help those of us who are neophytes, or making it clear that instructions were going to be given out at a certain time would help guide the newbies? However, all that being said it didn't put a damper on my day and I will know for next time.
I'm looking forward to participating again next year!
Great little run in the woods. I had the pleasure of doing the 3hr event. Simple yet enjoyable, really nice food at the end and overall a nice small race feel.
This was my first 10k race. Great atmosphere, food and prizes! The trail was muddy and challenging...that happens with trails and rainy weather! One piece of advice would be to post signs at the main intersection in Heidelberg to where exactly the Optimist park is. Through only my own fault, I was running late, and finding the park took longer than expected, leading to a delay in my starting time. In hindsight, that just gives me a great excuse for my less than stellar timing....
This is such a fun and exciting race to be part of! I have done the 6 hour in the past and completed the 3 hour this year; despite horrible weather, the course, facility, and volunteers make it an event to come back to!
The 15km road-race is an old favourite with a truly unique and challenging course. I look forward to running it again next year...even if the weather doesn't improve!
I did this race in the mid 1990's when I first started trail running, I believe I did the 10km, it was muddy and yucky weather but fun, simple amenities and not much going on but nonetheless a decent, small town run if you want this experience. Tough course!
Before I was the Race Director, I ran the race in and finished the 15km event in 1:00:20, and was 7th overall. The Race Director was Tony Martin, and long time friend. I had hoped to break an hour, yet a fellow runner James was having difficulty, so I slowed down to help him get back in the grove. That is what running is for me, helping others. So when Tony asked me to become the Race Director, after long and deep consideration, I stepped up. Why to help the kids at Camp Heidelberg. Growing up in a poor family, I didn't have access to such events. I wanted to make it possible to help kids be healthy and fit.